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Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Updated on March 8, 2015

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Director: Steve Pink

Writer: Josh Heald

Cast: Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Adam Scott, Gillian Jacobs, Chevy Chase, Collette Wolfe, Bianca Haase, Jason Jones, Kumail Nanjiani, Kellee Stewart, Josh Heald, Gretchen Koerner, Lisa Loeb, Jessica Williams, Bruce Buffer, Christian Slater

Synopsis: When Lou finds himself in trouble, Nick and Jacob fire up the hot tub time machine in an attempt to get back to the past. But they inadvertently land in the future with Adam Jr. Now they have to alter the future in order to save the past - which is really the present.

MPAA Rating: Rated R for crude sexual content and language throughout, graphic nudity, drug use and some violence |

Warning: This Video Contains Adult Language. Parental Discretion is Advised (Please remember this scene as there's a reference to it in the sequel)

Stevennix2001's Rating:

3.3 / 10

Pros:

- The cinematography used in the drug sequence with Adam Jr. was kind of clever

- Some of the jokes were funny

Cons:

- Lousy directing

- The characters become flanderized versions of themselves.

- Every freaking rule the first movie established is thrown out the damn window, as the film just makes up it's own rules about time travel as it goes on; hence ruining the credibility of the story.

- Most of the jokes are recycled from the previous one

- The actors aren't funny, and they lack the same chemistry that made the first one a treat to watch.

- Lack of a definitive straight man character ruins the humor, as there's no one to bounce the jokes off of, or someone that we can identify with.

- Horrible script

- Film is unevenly paced


Shotgun to the d**k......

Does anyone remember those beloved "Police Academy" films? Remember how the franchise started to go downhill the instant Officer Mahoney (played by Steve Guttenberg) left the cast? You see folks. The reason why that franchise was so successful was the fact that it had a straight man like Office Mahoney that the audience could relate to. Please keep in mind when i say "straight man", I'm not referring to his sexuality. The "straight man" archetype is the every man surrounded by a colorful cast of oddball characters. He/she acts as the avatar for the audience going into that world of colorful characters (i.e. Jean Luc Picard in "Star Trek: The Next Generation"). As for how this all relates to "Hot Tub Time Machine 2", I'll get into that soon.

Anyway, "Police Academy" tried to replace Mahoney with some cheap knock off in the future sequels, but it wasn't the same, as Officer Mahoney was the heart and soul of that franchise. Sadly, it looks like the same can be said about John Cusack's character, Adam, for the first "Hot Tub Time Machine" film. Like Steven Guttenberg in "Police Academy", John was the essentially our avatar into the zany world of colorful oddball characters that we grew accustomed to love from the first film. He was the every man that we could identify with, where the humor could bounce from.

Without him around, all you have is nothing but oddball characters doing moronic stupid things, which is exactly what you get in "Hot Tub Time Machine 2." Sure, there's a plot about one of the main characters getting his genitals shot off by some guy, as they're forced to travel into the future to stop this alleged assassin. But apart from that little plot thread, there's nothing much to go on.

Unlike the last movie that had a story about second chances, this one is basically a series of random d**k and drug jokes that come off as being juvenile and stupid rather than being genuinely funny. As you watch "Hot Tub Time Machine 2", it seems fairly obvious they were trying to turn the franchise into another "21 Jump Street", where it tries to be something of a parody of itself. However, it doesn't work because that's not what made the original "Hot Tub Time Machine" endearing to watch.

Sure, it had a lot of d**k and drug jokes sprinkled throughout the film, but that wasn't the main focus of the story. It was about second chances, and this one makes that concept into a freaking joke. And to make matters worse, the film doesn't even bother going by the same damn rules the first one laid out for us.

As Jon Favreau once said about "Iron Man", you have to establish a firm set of rules and guidelines on what makes your movie realistic within the confines of it's own universe. And if you compromise that for any reason, then it slowly starts to destroy any credibility you might've had with your audience. Not only does the film contradict almost every single damn rule it had set up in the first one, but it seems to make up new ones as it goes along; which ruins the credibility of the story.

All the actors in this film aren't funny, and lack the same chemistry that made the last movie such a thrill to watch. The humor mostly consist of recycled jokes from the previous one, while all the characters get flanderized to the point that you start to resent them.

Nothing about this movie makes any sense from a narrative perspective, as it's essentially nothing more than a series of jokes referencing drugs, sex and male genitalia. The direction of this film was lousy, and unevenly paced.

Apart from the clever cinematography scene that showed what Adam Jr. went through when he took some drug at a bar, the rest film is a complete waste of time.

Seriously, this is probably one of the worst comedies that I've ever had the dishonor of seeing. Apart from a few scenes, "Hot Tub Time Machine 2" isn't that funny, and it fails to capture what made the original movie such a joy to watch. Unless you're just into watching random a** d**k jokes, I would avoid this piece of crap altogether.

It's a damn shame time travel doesn't exist in real life, as I would love to go back in time to get ninety minutes of my life back from watch this crap.

© 2015 Steven Escareno

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